Genetics Didn’t Make you Fat, Just Lazy

New at Science Daily, Couch Potatoes Explained? Missing Key Genes may be Cause for Lack of Resolve to Exercise Researchers Find Researchers breed some mice who lacked 2 genes. These genes controlled the release of AMPK (activated protein kinase). It gets released when you exercise and leads to the production of more mitochondria in the cell. Bio 101: mitochondria the "power house" of the cell. Mitochondria metabolize glucose and produce energy. It looks like the "lazy" mice couldn't produce the energy needed: "While the normal mice could run for miles, those without the genes in their muscle could only run the same distance as down the hall and … [Read more...]